Julia Willhite

I'm Julia and I live in Olathe with my husband of 16 years, my 10 and 6 year old daughters, and our rescue pug Mabel. I’m a social worker turned SAHM and love Dr. Pepper, thunderstorms, and talking to other adults. I hate coffee, diet culture, and washing dishes. I'll talk your ear off about the best local parks and which restaurants have wronged me by changing their long-standing menu items. I try to walk the line between knowing a lot of stuff and not being a know-it-all. Some days I'm better than others.

The Best Toy Stores in Kansas City

Your first inclination when it comes to picking out a birthday or holiday gift for a child may be to hop online or go to your nearest big box store, but here in the...
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Best Hot Chocolate in Kansas City

Hot chocolate season is upon us! It is the perfect kid friendly drink for the holiday season whether you're going to see lights or enjoying a family night at home. It is especially great on...
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Best Neighborhood Light Displays in Kansas City

Looking at Christmas lights is a tradition that I know many of us enjoy with our families. I love a good walk around the Plaza to look at the lights, or a visit to...

Holiday Pop-Up Bars in Kansas City

'Tis the season for holiday dates and nights out with friends. And nothing is more festive than a holiday pop-up bar. The Kansas City area has many to choose from with themes from "Mean Girls,"...

Take Out Thanksgiving Options in Kansas City

If you aren't up for making an entire Thanksgiving meal this year (or want to outsource the pies), check out some of the many options for take-out meals. Grocery stores, restaurants, and caterers offer full...
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Moms’ Guide to Finding a Babysitter in Kansas City

Whether it's for an occasional date night or a big event like a holiday party, most parents would love to have a couple of babysitters they can rely on when they need childcare. Finding...
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Everything You Need to Know About Braces

If you're dealing with braces for your child now or in the future, there's a lot to learn. We are grateful to our friends at Sweet Tooth Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics as they help...
GloWild at the Kansas City Zoo

GloWild at the Kansas City Zoo

If you haven't experienced GloWild at the Zoo, you need to add this to your list! What is GloWild? GloWild is a unique lantern festival at the Kansas City Zoo that runs through December 11. Along...
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Best Parenting Books at the Johnson County Library

Post sponsored by the Johnson County Library No matter what stage of parenting you're in, a new to you parenting book may be just what you need to give you some new approaches to handling...
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Trick (and Trunk) or Treating in KC 2022

Need an excuse to wear that Halloween costume one more time and add to your candy stash? Check out these fun and mostly free events around town during the last two weeks of October....
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Moms’ Guide to Night of the Living Farm

One of our favorite Halloween events every year since our kids were little is the Night of the Living Farm at Deanna Rose Children's Farmstead. My kids love to explore one of their favorite...
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Spooky Halloween Events in Kansas City

While there are plenty of fall and Halloween events in Kansas City to look forward to this year, for some it's not Halloween without a good scare. If you really want to send chills down...
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Best Johnson County Library Branches for Moms

This post is sponsored by the Johnson County Library The Johnson County Library system has great libraries and services to meet every person's needs, but there are three Johnson County Library branches that we return...
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Mom’s Guide to Kaleidoscope

Kaleidoscope, located at Crown Center, is a free spot for kids to explore their creativity with hands-on arts and craft projects provided by Hallmark Cards and Crayola. Kaleidoscope has been around for decades, and many Kansas...

Family Fun in Downtown Overland Park

If you're looking for a fun spot for a family outing you don't need to look any further than downtown Overland Park. With lots of restaurants, shops, and events, there is plenty for the...
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